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Today's Sports

  • Chatfield relay team makes...

    LAKEWOOD — Maybe the rest of the state wasn’t expecting it since Chatfield’s 4x800 relay team was seeded 16th entering the 5A boys state track and field championships May 16, but Panos Smyrnios, Nathan Moore, Tyler Hale and Larry Huff believed in themselves.
    One by one, they picked off the state’s best at Jefferson County Stadium until they finished third in 7 minutes, 59.86 seconds. It may have been unexpected to the rest of the state but not surprising to the Chargers.

  • Chargers’ state trip runs into...

    DENVER — Joey Plaster absolutely crushed the baseball to left field. Connor Gray, on first base after a fielder’s choice, took off for home at top speed; he rounded third and found an unexpected surprise awaiting him.
    What, or, more accurately, who was waiting for him was home plate umpire Dwight Nichols. The man in charge of calling the balls and strikes had ventured up the third-base line inexplicably to make a call that wasn’t necessarily his to make with a three-man umpiring crew on the field.

  • McDondle leaps into state track...

    LAKEWOOD — Bernard McDondle lifted his head ever so slightly, displaying a face full of concentration, as he peeked down the runway. Then he took off, charging full speed toward the long-jump pit. His jump, at least his second one in the final round May 16, was several inches behind the line.

    That cost McDondle precious length, but it didn't matter. He'd already done his damage in the preliminary rounds at the 5A boys state track & field championships at Jefferson County Stadium.

  • Colorado's newest state...

    Conifer’s newest neighbor is settled in and ready to host its first open house.

    After several delays, Staunton State Park will open to the public this weekend with a two-day grand opening packed with events and activities.

    “This has been a long time coming, and I’m excited to share this amazing park with others,” said park manager Jennifer Anderson.

  • Sports briefs

    BASEBALL
    Chargers stun Regis Jesuit, headed to state quarterfinals
    AURORA
    — Ninth-seeded Chatfield scored four runs in the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the seventh to upend host Regis Jesuit at the Class 5A District 2 tournament on May 12 and qualify for the eight-team, double-elimination state bracket.
    Chatfield (13-8), which opened the district tournament with a win over Douglas County, has allowed just one run in its last four games.

  • Rebels’ Tait leads group headed...

    It was in the back of Jaylee Tait’s mind just how poorly she played at the 5A regional girls golf tournament in 2012. It was her worst round of the year. But she had to get over that because this year’s tournament was at that same Raccoon Creek Golf Course.
    Initially, though, it didn’t appear that the Columbine junior had let go of the past, because she bogeyed the first three holes May 6 before she found a groove.
    “I slowed my swing down and focused more on the fundamentals instead of trying to hit the perfect shot,” Tait said.

  • Wet weather, poor officiating...

    By Will Petersen
    For the Courier
    PARKER — A guy on a John Deere had to plow the field at halftime because of water.
    Chatfield’s girls soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Chaparral in monsoon-like conditions in the first round of the 5A state playoffs on May 8 at Sports Authority Stadium.
    Rain poured almost the entire game and several puddles formed on the synthetic turf field and the sidelines.

  • Mountain Vista uses long ball to...

    An amazing season for Dakota Ridge’s baseball team came to a sour conclusion May 11. After overcoming a 3-0 deficit to defeat Brighton 4-3 in the district semifinals, the host Eagles lost to Mountain Vista 8-6 in a hard-fought championship game at Dakota Ridge High School.
    Down 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth Dakota Ridge had the bases loaded with one out when Mountain Vista sophomore Marc Mumper struck out Eagles seniors Nate Liffick and AJ Valerio to get out of trouble.

  • Area tennis players weather the...

    Mother Nature did her best to wreak havoc on the 5A girls tennis state championships, washing out the first day of the scheduled three-day tournament. But it was just a blip on the radar as Columbine’s Lillie Pettibone and a pair of Chatfield doubles teams took to  the court to face the state’s best.

    RAINING ON HER PARADE

  • Sports briefs

    ATHLETICS
    Speed and agility camp set for Dakota Ridge High School
    Dakota Ridge High School is hosting its annual speed and agility camp from June 3-July 3.
    The camp runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and is open to children in grades 2 through 12.
    The camp runs from 9-10:15 a.m., for grades 2-9 and from 10:30-11:30 for grades 10-12.
    Cost is $85. Brochures are available in the main office at Dakota Ridge High School and online at the school’s website at https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/dakota-hs/.